In the space of just two highly-acclaimed novels, Abir Mukherjee has become one of the hottest names in crime fiction. His debut, A Rising Man , won a coveted CWA Dagger. His follow up, A Necessary Evil, has been nominated for no fewer than three Daggers as well as being shortlisted for the Theakstons crime novel of the year.
Abir was born in London to Indian parents but raised in Glasgow. His novels are set in his parent’s homeland in the days after the
Great War, and feature English detective Captain Sam Wyndham and his assistant ‘Surrender-No’ Banarjee.
In his third and latest novel, Smoke and Ashes, set in 1921, Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium. When he is called to investigate a grisly murder, he is stunned at the sight of the body: he’s seen this before. The night before, in a drug addled haze, he stumbled across a corpse with the same ritualistic injuries. Unfortunately for Sam, the corpse was in an opium den and revealing his presence there could cost him his career.
Rothesay Library, Friday 3 August – Far Horizons with Graeme Macrae Burnet
Rothesay Library, Saturday 4 August – Now For Something Completely Different with Chris Brookmyre, Helen Fitzgerald and Luca Veste.